Value Added Measures: What they are and what they’re not

Value Added Measures, also referred to as VAM, and sometimes referred to as Value Added Modeling or Value Added Assessments, has made it’s way to Seattle. It has been pushed by Bill Gates and other ed reformers who are not educated in the field of education or for that matter in mathematical formulas and their meanings. In our state, this evaluation system was heralded by the League of Education Voters (LEV) and the Washington State PTA (WSPTA) as a way to judge “teacher effectiveness”, a big item on the agenda of the ed reformers. Legislation was pushed through by legislators … Continue reading Value Added Measures: What they are and what they’re not

No! to Senate Bill 5399: It’s Not Fair to Our Students or Our Teachers

Senate Bill 5399 proposes that when there are teacher layoffs, referred to as rif’s (reductions in force), that teachers should be laid off, fired basically, based on the performance of their students. This proposed bill is unnecessary and destructive. There is already a four-tiered teacher evaluation system in place that the teacher’s union in Seattle, the Seattle Education Association (SEA) as part of WEA, the Washington Education Association, the superintendent of our schools in Seattle, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson and Randy Dorn, the superintendent of education for the State of Washington, have agreed to. This system is going through a two-year pilot … Continue reading No! to Senate Bill 5399: It’s Not Fair to Our Students or Our Teachers